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Fareed Zakaria Doesn’t Hold Palestinian Journalist Accountable

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Fareed Zakaria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian journalist got off real easy when appeared on Fareed Zakari’s show, GPS, on July 28, 2013.

Kuttab was on the show to give the Palestinian viewpoint regarding the upcoming negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Prior to his appearance, Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, reiterated Israel’s support for “two states for two peoples, a Jewish state of Israel living side-by-side in peace and security and mutual recognition with the Palestinian state.”

The Palestinian acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state is important, Oren said, because “it means that the Jewish state is permanent and legitimate. We’re not interlopers. We’re not trespassers. We’re not a transient state. And it also means there’ll be an end of claims and end of conflict. When you sign the dotted line, there’s a real peace there.”

Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian whose brother, Jonathan, has played a role in the BDS campaign targeting Israel, spoke after Oren. He argued that Israel’s demand that it be recognized by the Palestinians as a Jewish state is “a slap” to his “fellow Palestinians who are living in Nazareth or in Haifa or in the Negev.” Such an acknowledgement, Kuttab said, “would add to the discrimination against citizens of Israel who are not Jewish.”

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If Kuttab is so concerned about discrimination, then why is he advocating for the creation of a Palestinian state whose constitution, approved in 2003, declares “Islam is the official religion of Palestine” and that “Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation?”

Shari’a, Kuttab knows, places Muslim men in a position of supremacy over non-Muslims and Muslim women. If Kuttab is really all that worried about human rights, then how can he advocate for the creation of a state that enshrines this supremacy in its constitution?

The fact is, Kuttab isn’t worried about human rights, but is offended by Jewish rights, especially the right to a sovereign state of their own.

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